New HIV Prevention Guidelines Support Syringe Access

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Along with more than 50 nongovernmental organizations, the Open Society Foundations praise the office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator for publishing revised HIV-prevention guidelines that address intravenous drug users. Syringe access programs can help avert thousands of new infections and combat the epidemic among injection drug users.

Excluding sub-Saharan Africa, HIV infections due to intravenous drug use account for one-third of new diagnoses, and needle exchange programs have proven to be an effective tool for mitigating this public health concern.